In Florida, according to the state practice environment shared by the aanp.org, (2021), the state allows restricted practice environment for Registered Nurses. In this study I am going to make a debate in opposition of expanding the scope of practice of Registered Nurse in the state of Florida. Expansion in the scope of RNs turns the practice environment from ‘restricted’ to ‘full practice’. In this aspect, it can be stated that, expanding the practice scope for APRNs in this specific aspect will lead higher healthcare expenditure and decreased patients’ safety who can be provided with better service specifically by an integrated care team when directed by a physician (ama-assn.org, 2021). Considering this, I am against of further expansion of score for RNs in the state of Florida. Currently, around 18,000 nurse practitioners are there in the state of Florida whereas total number of physicians are 82,939 (floridasnursing.gov, 2021). In this scenario, enhancing scope for APRNs will further reduce the job role, responsibility and professional-equilibrium and patient and physician ratio in healthcare facilities. Total healthcare cost in the state of Florida is considered around $467 per individual that is higher than the national average which is $456 for a person. Therefore, transition or expansion of scope of ARPNs further will increase the healthcare expenditure further which will not be value for money for the individuals of the State of Florida and also negatively impact quality of care. Considering all the above stated factors, I will prefer not expanding scope of RNs further in the chosen place.
ama-assn.org. (2021). Why expanding APRN scope of practice is bad idea. American Medical Association. Retrieved 30 March 2022, from https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/scope-practice/why-expanding-aprn-scope-practice-bad-idea.
floridasnursing.gov. (2021). Florida Board of Nursing » HB 607 Passes Legislature – Impact to RNs, CNAs, and APRNs - Licensing, Renewals & Information. Floridasnursing.gov. Retrieved 30 March 2022, from https://floridasnursing.gov/hb-607-passes-legislature/.